We must know that the great purpose for which we exist in this world is to worship our Lord, our Creator, who created all things in the best of forms. Allah says: “And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” (Qur’an, 51:56)
Our deeds can be divided into two categories: Worldly deeds and religious deeds.
For our religious deeds or acts of worship to be acceptable by Allah, there are two conditions:
1. Sincerity: Doing it for the sake of Allah alone, with the intention to please Him and not anyone else.
2. Following the Sunnah: Doing it in accordance with the legal ways of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), i.e., the Shariah.
Both conditions are mandatory and one cannot exist without the other. No person can claim to worship Allah with the intention to please Him by following a way other than that…
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